Lovers, Famous

Lovers, Famous

Abélard and Héloïse
(Pierre, 1079–1142) (c. 1098–1164) persecuted 12th-century lovers. [Fr. Hist.: Century Cyclopedia, 14]
Atala and Chactas
Indian lovers whose passion goes unconsummated. [Fr. Lit.: Atala]
Aucassin and Nicolette
the love story of 12th-century France. [Fr. Lit.: Aucassin and Nicolette]
Browning, Robert, and Elizabeth Barrett
(1812–1889) (1806–1861) 19th-century love one of most celebrated of literary romances. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 139]
Celadon and Astree
bywords for lovers in pastoral poetry. [Br. Lit.: Celadon, Walsh Modern, 91]
Ceyx and Halcyone
to perpetuate love, changed into kingfishers after former’s drowning. [Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses]
Daphnis and Chloë
innocent though passionate love of two children. [Gk. Lit.: Daphnis and Chloë, Magill I, 184]
Darby and Joan
inseparable old-fashioned couple. [Br. Lit.: Espy, 335]
Deirdre and Noisi
celebrated lovers of the Ulster Cycle. [Irish Legend: Benét, 259–260]
Della and Jim
each sacrifices greatly for other’s Christmas present. [Am. Lit.: “The Gift of the Magi” in Benét, 395]
Edward VIII
(1894–1972) and Wallis Warfield Simpson (1896—) British king abdicates throne to marry divorcee (1936). [Br. Hist.: NCE, 835]
Helen and Paris
their elopement caused the Trojan war. [Gk. Myth.: Century Classical, 525–528, 815–817]
Hero and Leander
love affair on the Hellespont tragically ends with latter’s drowning. [Gk. Lit.: Hero and Leander: Br. Lit.: Hero and Leander]
Jacob and Rachel
he worked fourteen years to win her hand. [O.T.: Genesis 29:18]
Lescaut, Manon, and the Chevalier des Grieux
he accompanies Manon to Louisiana when she is exiled for prostitution. [Fr. Lit.: Manon Lescaut]
lovebirds
small parrots, traditional symbol of affection. [Am. Culture: Misc.]
Oliver and Jenny
rapturous college relationship leads to blissful marriage. [Am. Lit.: Love Story]
Petrarch and Laura
lovers in spirit only. [Ital. Lit.: Plumb, 26–32]
Rinaldo and Armida
virgin witch seeks revenge but falls in love. [Ital. Lit.: Jerusalem Delivered]
Romeo and Juliet
young love springs up amidst family feud. [Br. Lit.: Romeo and Juliet]
Tristan and Iseult
their pact of undying love has tragic consequences. [Medieval Legend: Tristan and Iseult; Ger. Opera: Tristan and Iseult]
turtle doves
adoring couple, building their nest. [O.T.: Song of Songs 2:12]
Zhivago, Yuri, and Lara
passion stirs between idealistic doctor and nurse during Russian revolution. [Russ. Lit.: Doctor Zhivago]
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